Leeds United: Grayson backing Snodgrass for Scotland call-up

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson is optimistic that Robert Snodgrass is on the verge of a Scotland debut following the winger's eye-catching run of performances.

The former Livingston youngster, pictured right, turned in another influential display against Scunthorpe United on Saturday, aiding a 4-0 victory and increasingly the likelihood of Scotland drafting him into their plans for a friendly with Northern Ireland on February 9.

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Snodgrass came close to earning his first international cap in October 2009 but was prevented from featuring in a fixture between Scotland and Japan by a knee injury sustained in a League One game.

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The 23-year-old has been overlooked since then and saw his prospects of a call-up temporarily hampered by another knee problem picked up during Leeds' pre-season schedule, but his consistent performances and three goals since Christmas could see him feature against Northern Ireland in Dublin on February 9.

Grayson said: "He's playing with a fantastic amount of quality and a great attitude.

"He works hard for the team and I wouldn't be surprised if he got a call-up.

"He deserves anything he gets in the future. He'll concentrate on what we're doing here but if he is called up then it's well deserved."

Meanwhile, the Whites have cancelled the contract of reserve-team defender Liam Darville by mutual consent.

The 20-year-old left United yesterday having failed to make his first team debut for the club.

His final months as a Leeds player were spent on loan with Tranmere Rovers.

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